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Delicious Ensalada de Salmon Recipe

When it comes to Spanish salads, the seafood ones are a big fan favorite, but the best part is that you can always find a new one.

For example, the ensalada de salmon (or Spanish salmon salad) is a fantastic salad option to enjoy all year round.

Not only does it have a delicious flavor, but it is also super simple to make and if you keep reading this article you can learn more about it, with some helpful extra tips.

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closeup of a ensalada de salmon, spanish salmon salad with tomatoes and dressing.

Seafood Spanish-style salads in general had their origins hundreds of years ago in the coastal areas of Southern Spain, and it didn’t take long for the ensalada de salmon to be created.

For this Spanish salad, you have all the crispiness from the salmon, mixed with the citrus flavor of the lemon dressing.

Nowadays, the salad is also made with other fresh ingredients like avocado and lettuce, to balance the flavors of the salmon and lemon.

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Things You’ll Need for Ensalada de Salmon

To make the ensalada de salmon you need salmon, lemon juice, oil, onion, and lettuce leaves as the main ingredients.

A skillet or pan is needed for the cooking process of this ensalada española, but that is pretty much all of the equipment that you need.

fresh salmon pieces on a wooden board for the ensalada de salmon

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 500 gr fresh salmon
  • 1 lemon (to decorate)
  • 1 avocado
  • 200 gr iceberg lettuce (about 5 large leaves)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 cup (60gr) flour
  • 1/4 cup (60gr) breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the dressing

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Ensalada de Salmon – Step by Step Guide

frying salmon in a pan for the ensalada de salmon
  1. To start with this salmon and avocado salad recipe you have to prepare the lemon dressing. For that, mix the fresh lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set it aside.
  1. After that, you have to wash the iceberg lettuce leaves and place them in a large salad bowl.
  1. Now, cut the cucumber into thin slices and the red onion into fine julienne strips. Also, add them to the salad bowl.
  1. Then, cut the avocado in half, remove the bone, cut it into slices or cubes, and add it to the lemon salmon salad.
  1. For the next step, just squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the avocado to prevent it from browning.
  1. Now, cut the salmon into small pieces and season them with salt and pepper to taste.
  1. On a separate deep plate, mix the flour and breadcrumbs. Dip each piece of salmon into this mixture, making sure to coat it well.
  1. Then, heat a splash of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon pieces and fry for about 4 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden.
  1. Now you have to remove the salmon from the pan and place it on absorbent paper to remove excess fat.
  1. Arrange the crispy salmon pieces on top of the Spanish fish salad and squeeze the remaining lemon juice over the salmon.
  1. For the next step, pour the lemon dressing over the citrus salmon salad and mix gently to combine the flavors.
  1. Lastly, you just have to serve the summer salmon salad right away or let it cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Substitution of Ingredients

ensalada de salmon, salmon salad with avocado and lettuce on a plate.

We love this ensalada de salmon as it is, and we wouldn’t change any ingredient, but if you have to, then there are some things you can do.

For example, you can make this ensalada de salmon with another citrus, like orange, lime, or grapefruit.

If you aren’t the biggest fan of salmon, then you can try other easy Spanish salad recipes, like the Spanish tuna salad, the Spanish seafood salad, and the ensalada de bacalao.

Instead of iceberg lettuce, you can use your favorite mixed greens, like spinach, arugula, or other types of lettuce.

Try other recipes with fish like the ensalada campera with tuna, tomatoes, onion, and potatoes.

Tips on Serving Ensalada de Salmon

ensalada de salmon, spanish salmon salad with avocado on a plate

The ensalada de salmon is one of those traditional Spanish salads that you can make all year round since it can be served cold or at room temperature.

If you want to give it an Asian twist, you can toast some sesame seeds and pour them on top, or drizzle some soy sauce on top.

You can drizzle just a splash of olive oil on top of your Spanish-style salad so it has that flavor profile.

Some Spanish salads that you can serve with this one to make something like a salad bar are the ensalada de remolacha, the Spanish summer salad, and the Spanish green salad.

The Spanish grilled veggie salad is another simple salad that can be served as tapas or as a side dish as well.

How to Store Ensalada de Salmon

How to Store Ensalada de Salmon. A photo with different products in a fridge

To store this fantastic ensalada de aguacate y salmon you have two options.

For the first one, you can prepare the ensalada de salmon as described in the recipe, and before adding the dressing take it to the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving.

For the second one, you can prepare the salmon and freeze it for up to 40 days, but only the salmon by itself, you can’t freeze the other fresh ingredients.

For more salads from Spain that can be frozen, check the Spanish octopus salad and the Spanish rice salad.

Recipe Card: Ensalada de Salmon

Yield: 5

Tasty Ensalada de Salmon Recipe

ensalada de salmon with fresh vegetables in a bowl

When it comes to traditional Spanish salads, the seafood ones are a big fan favorite, but the best part is that you can always find a new one.

For example, the ensalada de salmon (or Spanish salmon salad) is a fantastic salad option to enjoy all year round.

Not only does it have a delicious flavor, but it is also super simple to make and if you keep reading this article you can learn more about it, with some helpful extra tips.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500 gr fresh salmon
  • 1 lemon (to decorate)
  • 1 avocado
  • 200 gr iceberg lettuce (about 5 large leaves)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 cup (60gr) flour
  • 1/4 cup (60gr) breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the dressing

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To start with this salmon and avocado salad recipe you have to prepare the lemon dressing. For that, mix the fresh lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set it aside.
  2. After that, you have to wash the iceberg lettuce leaves and place them in a large salad bowl.
  3. Now, cut the cucumber into thin slices and the red onion into fine julienne strips. Also, add them to the salad bowl.
  4. Then, cut the avocado in half, remove the bone, cut it into slices or cubes, and add it to the lemon salmon salad.
  5. For the next step, just squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the avocado to prevent it from browning.
  6. Now, cut the salmon into small pieces and season them with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. On a separate deep plate, mix the flour and breadcrumbs. Dip each piece of salmon into this mixture, making sure to coat it well.
  8. Then, heat a splash of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon pieces and fry for about 4 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden.
  9. Now you have to remove the salmon from the pan and place it on absorbent paper to remove excess fat.
  10. Arrange the crispy salmon pieces on top of the Spanish fish salad and squeeze the remaining lemon juice over the salmon.
  11. For the next step, pour the lemon dressing over the citrus salmon salad and mix gently to combine the flavors.
  12. Lastly, you just have to serve the summer salmon salad right away or let it cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Notes

Compared to other salad recipes from Spain, in this one, the seafood stands out more than the vegetables, but you can balance that by adding more lettuce.

For a more spicy salmon salad, add 1/2 teaspoon of powdered paprika or 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes to the salmon before cooking it.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 641Total Fat 23.1gSaturated Fat 3.6gCholesterol 55mgSodium 306mgCarbohydrates 87.5gFiber 18.2gSugar 24.7gProtein 33.2g

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